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The Wizard (1989)

A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship.


Todd Holland


David Chisholm
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Edwards ... Jimmy Woods / The Wizard
Vince Trankina Vince Trankina ... Tate (as Vincent Leahr)
Wendy Phillips ... Christine Bateman
Dea McAllister Dea McAllister ... Counselor
Sam McMurray ... Bateman
Beau Bridges ... Sam Woods
Fred Savage ... Corey Woods
Christian Slater ... Nick Woods
Will Seltzer Will Seltzer ... Putnam
Roy Conrad Roy Conrad ... Bus Clerk
Jenny Lewis ... Haley
Roderick Dexter Roderick Dexter ... Trucker #1 / Wrecking Yard Man
Ray Bickel Ray Bickel ... Trucker #2
Chuck Skinner Chuck Skinner ... Grease Monkey
W.K. Cowan W.K. Cowan ... Salesman #1


Corey and Jimmy Woods are two brothers who are being separated due to their parents divorcing. Jimmy is a mentally unstable kid that has had problems ever since his sister died at a young age. One day, Corey discovers that Jimmy has a natural talent for playing video games. He is one of the best around, and the two journey to the West Coast to compete in a video game championship, but along the way, they must avoid the adults, who are trying to take Jimmy away. Written by Anonymous

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It's more than a game... It's the chance of a lifetime. See more »


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USA | Brazil

Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidéokid See more »

Filming Locations:

Nevada, USA See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Many NES games appear in the arcade scenes. Contrary to popular belief, this IS possible. In the late eighties/early nineties, Nintendo had an arcade cabinet called Play Choice Ten. These machines would let the gamer pick between a number of NES games and alternate freely between them for as long as a gamer wished - until time ran out, at which time the gamer would have to insert another quarter. See more »


About 33 minutes into the movie, we see Corey, Jimmy, and Haley catching a ride in the back of a blue pick-up truck with some Navajo Indians, one of whom introduces himself in Navajo language. However, if you look closely at an earlier scene at the 27:30 mark, we see them getting out of the same truck with the same Indians. There is a continuity error here because the kids had parted ways with the truck after the first scene and got a ride with a biker gang. The two aforementioned scenes were obviously shot together and the editors overlooked or ignored this continuity problem. See more »


Haley: I don't get scared.
Corey: [puts on mask] Never?
[Haley punches him]
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A Commercial Classic
25 February 2005 | by TrippDigitalSee all my reviews

A touching drama about a young boy's quest to help his autistic younger brother and a troubled young girl they meet along the way running from her own demons.....

Okay, so it's mostly just a 90 minute commercial for Super Mario Brothers 3, but it's also a great road movie with plenty of classic 80's quotable material ("I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."). It has a good soundtrack as well.

I think if a person sees the film for the first time nowadays they might not enjoy it as much as those who saw the film growing up and enjoy that oh so good feeling of nostalgia.

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